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Check out the Hornets in their graduation garb as they receive their high school diplomas.
This year, a total of 11,643 homeless King County residents were counted on Jan. 27 by 160 paid guides and surveyors and around 600 volunteers. More than half of the county’s homeless residents had some form of shelter — 2,667 were in transitional housing, and 3,491 found themselves in emergency shelters.
For decades, Enumclaw businesses and business owners have been helping Enumclaw High School special needs students get work experience before they transition into post-high school life. And for the first time last week, Enumclaw’s Transition Program spent three days visiting more than two dozen businesses and school offices that participate in the program to show their thanks.
Summer hasn’t even officially started, and already, the county health department is warning people of potential toxic algae in Lake Tapps. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department released a toxic algae advisory for the lake Friday, June 2.
Arbitrator rules questions were “premature” but allows city, developer to revise and resubmit their arbitration contract. Also, Councilwoman Pat Pepper has filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court against the recall petition approved by the King County Superior Court earlier this month.
Officers arrived and determined a middle age male was deceased and recovered a large caliber pistol at the scene.
A Superior Court judge approved a recall petition against Black Diamond Councilwoman Pat Pepper.
The developer alleges the council majority – Pat Pepper, Erika Morgan and Brian Weber – have violated the 2011 funding agreement by not maintaining a functioning Master Development Review Team for the developments growing in the city.
Proposition No. 1 would reset the department’s fire levy back to its maximum of $1.50 for every $1,000 in assessed property value for four years if approved by voters. Proposition No. 2 would keep the department’s EMS levy at its maximum of $0.50 for every $1,000 in assessed value for four years if approved by voters.
It’s typically a firefighter’s job to deal with fires, not bullets being fired from a gun. But with the way the world is moving, it’s good to be prepared for any kind of hot situation, the department decided.
While the project was awarded to SB Structures on April 17 and construction is slated to begin this month, it will continue for more than two years, with an end date around June 2019.
This summer could potentially be one of Lake Tapps’ busiest years as Bonney Lake is now contracting with a new concessions stand and water sports rental business.
For more than a year, Black Diamond residents have tossed around the idea to file a recall vote for two of the city’s council members. Talk has turned to action as the first steps toward initiating a recall vote were taken April 10, when a group of Black Diamond residents filed a recall charge with King County Elections.
Allan Yorke Park may not be the only Lake Tapps park to get an upgrade.
It was a frigid Friday night in January when Pierce County volunteers left their homes in order to count the homeless. The more fortunate have a roof over their head during the winter months, as crowded as the space may be. But hundreds more are forced to face harsh winds, freezing rain and the unrelenting cold without shelter. And their numbers seem to grow every year.
Last week, the Black Diamond City Council passed its 2017 - 2022 Transportation Improvement Plan, which was more than three-quarters of a year late to the state. The council passed it just in time to begin drafting the 2018 - 2023 TIP, which typically begins in May to be approved and sent to the state by July 1, as required by law.
There are many organizations on the Plateau looking for volunteers. There are also many people willing to serve. But getting the word out about volunteer events doesn’t always reach the right people, or reach them in time.
McKenna Sax, a Bonney Lake resident and senior at the Annie Wright School in Tacoma, is organizing four straight days of painting the food bank building to earn her Gold Award, the highest honor that can be given to a girl scout and the equivalent of the Eagle Scout badge.
We are finally nearing the end of the logistical hell that is wedding planning.
Judge clarifies recent ruling in Black Diamond OPMA case; council members ‘likely unable’ to post $150,000 bond, says lawyer
The King County Superior Court recently clarified its most recent ruling in the Oakpointe v. Black Diamond OPMA case, following a motion for reconsideration filed late last month by council members Pat Pepper, Erika Morgan and Brian Weber.
Not everyone has the ability to travel overseas to lend their talents and services to those in need, but anyone can decide to support those who can. Supporting those who can is why Mount Rainier Christian Center is hosting a fundraiser to help send a dozen Plateau residents to Rialo in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Bonney Lake plans to sell $4.8 million in bonds to fund SR 410 improvements at the eventual 204th Ave intersection with the highway. Additionally, logging has started in the WSU forest to make way for the road extension and clear land for the Costco building.
Firefighter crews have closed off the highway from the Cascade Water to the Log Cabin along the highway. as well as the Forest Canyon Road East between Cottage Road and the highway.
According to a work and traffic plan by Abston Henricksen Land & Timber Co., the company is cutting trees to the 35 acre site that will house the future Costco building.
Judge Janet Helson ruled Black Diamond is to pay for the council’s defense, bur she also ruled that council members Pepper, Morgan and Weber must post a $150,000 surety bond to ensure they have the ability to pay for their own legal fees if it’s determined they are responsible for those fees when the final determination of this case is made.
It is estimated that 100 to 200 tons came down in the landslide, but a total of around 700 to 800 tons of debris was removed from the site.
Last week, developers American Newland Communities and North America Sekisui House announced they are taking the first steps in developing a 3.9 million square foot area of commercial and retail land by selling an 8-acre parcel to Kahne Corporation and Carl J. Sanders Construction, both Enumclaw-based companies.
The girls track team return to track and field games after a victorious season last year, having been the co-champions of their league, third at the West Central District meet and fifth overall at state.
The Pacific Crest Trail spans from the California-Mexico border to Manning Park, Canada. It’s a 2,650 mile-long odyssey though the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. That’s close to 14 million feet, or 5.6 million steps. And White River High School graduates Alex Chmiel and Taylor LaValley are planning on taking each and every one of them, starting at the end of this month.
The Panthers tennis team looks to be packing some serious veteran power, with more than half of the team returning to the courts.
The Sumner Spartans are looking to come out of the batting cage swinging and make their way to another Final Four state baseball appearance.
The Bonney Lake Panthers look to be in a great position to start out strong this year, with most of team being varsity returners from last year.
South King County residents can now use the Black Diamond-Enumclaw Community Ride operated by Hopelink.
Black Diamond residents are probably sighing in relief, as their City Council passed a budget last week to fund the city for the rest of the year. Approving the budget on March 2 both averts a city shutdown – which would have affected water, sewer, fire and police services – as well as another potential Oakpointe lawsuit.
East Pierce Fire and Rescue is looking to hire nine new firefighters, and is turning to the federal government for help. Last month, the department applied for a federal grant that would allow East Pierce to hire nine entry-level firefighters to help address staffing shortfalls.
With the Sumner High School pool expected to close in the next year, the district held a community meeting last week to address the concerns of students, parents and community members who are worried about the district’s two swim teams.
While the vote count for the Feb. 14 special election is unofficial, it appears the Dieringer School District’s $9.5 million bond measure has been strongly approved by voters.
Over the last half-month, the Tehaleh development experienced an unusual number of natural gas leaks in their meters. As of Feb. 10, Puget Sound Energy has checked out all the houses in the area, but there are still leaks to be fixed.
In the most recent turn of events in the Open Public Meeting Act lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond, city council and council members, King County Superior Court Judge Janey Helson is considering whether or not to grant council members Pat Pepper, Erika Morgan and Brian Weber’s preliminary injunction and order the city to pay for their defense, at least until the final ruling in the case.
Last week, the city of Bonney Lake signed the first of what may be several design contracts with Bruce Dees & Associates for the Allan Yorke Park makeover. The design contract was signed Feb. 7 and will cost the city $286,052 through 2018.
The Johnson Cancer Foundation is now a fully operational non-profit offering a total of $12,000 in college scholarships for students who lives are affected by cancer. This scholarship opportunity is open to all students in the Sumner, White River and Enumclaw school districts.
The Open Public Meeting Act lawsuit against the city of Black Diamond has started moving forward with a ruling from King County Superior Court Judge Janet Helson on Friday, Feb. 3 granting a motion to allow the city to hire Shannon Ragonesi of the Seattle-based Keating, Bucklin & McCormack firm for legal services.
The bond, which would go toward renovating both elementary schools and the middle school, as well as pay the district’s share of remodeling the Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools, comes with a property tax rate increase of $0.23 per $1,000 in assessed value.
A foot of snow fell on the Plateau between last Sunday and Monday, closing schools and city services alike. But while students were enjoying a surprise day off, firefighters and police officers were busy dealing with slushy roads, downed power lines and fallen trees.
The reinstating and revoking of the “Global Gag Rule” on abortion can probably be considered an American tradition, having been reinstated and revoked a total of six times since it first came about in 1984.
Old age, high cost and lack of space spurred the Sumner School District to shut down the pool next year for the high school remodel, but some coaches and parents are hoping to find a different solution.
New artificial turf field, boat trailer parking area, walking and BMX trails are planned for the south half of the park.
The bad apple spoils the bunch. It’s a general rule that applies to a whole bunch of situations, from religion to politics to civil rights. This last week, Buzzfeed stepped up to fill the role of the bad apple for the media.
The holidays are often a time to gather family together to enjoy good company and good food. But – as Denise Lakin pointed out to her students this year – not everyone can get a hot meal.
They came from all corners of the world to attend Sumner High School.